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Batchelder Award seal2008 Mildred L. Batchelder Winner


Brave Story book cover imageWinnerVIZ Media for Brave Story, written by Miyuki Miyabe and translated from the Japanese by Alexander O. Smith 

Brave Story tells the story of a boy named Wataru whose chaotic life leads him to enter the videogame-infused world of Vision to alter his fate. This complicated quest, with a real-world rival, and fierce and friendly creatures, unleashes a future Wataru could not have anticipated. The wisdom and power Wataru gains on his journey enables him to embrace the transformed reality to which he returns.

“This is a bold, major masterpiece that will surely find a lasting, important place in children's literature,” said Batchelder Chair Fran Ware. “Authentic, complex and captivating, the journey is one that will resonate with readers of all ages for many years.”

2008 Honor books

The Cat book cover image


Milkweed Editions for The Cat: Or, How I Lost Eternity, written by Jutta Richter, with illustrations by Rotraut Susanne Berner, and translated from the German by Anna Brailovsky

The Cat: Or, How I Lost Eternity is a timeless fable featuring willful young Christine's attempts to understand the nature of true learning and friendship. After imagining encounters with a persistent, sassy, mysterious cat, she discovers she can choose to act on behalf of others. Child-friendly exchanges created by a celebrated German children's book writer are accompanied by sophisticated artwork in an exceptionally handsome little volume.

Nicholas and the Gang book cover image
Phaidon Press
for Nicholas and the Gang, written by René Goscinny, illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé, and translated from the French by Anthea Bell

Nicholas and the Gang, a collaboration between writer René Goscinny and artist Jean-Jacques Sempé, one of the most famous teams in French children's literature, was translated into English by Anthea Bell. Originally published in French as “Le petit Nicolas et les copains,” this companion volume to “Nicholas,” a 2006 Batchelder Honor Book, presents the further hilarious escapades of a schoolboy and his classmates in an all-boys school. Sempé's jaunty pen-and-ink artwork extends the energy of the text. Brief, fresh, and funny, the Nicholas stories have been favorites among French schoolchildren for nearly 50 years.



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Information about the current winners of ALSC's Mildred L. Batchelder Award, given to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.